Instructor's Biographies

Brian Rowe trained in his native England and took gold and silver medals in the British Collegiate Championships in 1976-7, and a first in the trials for the World Student Games in 1977.  He is president of Tennessee Judo Inc,  a member of the state Promotion Board, and chair of the referee certification sub-committee.  He is certified as a national referee (USJI) and a national rank examiner (USJA).   He has been teaching judo in Johnson City since 1981.

Bill Perkins started judo in 1969 at age 14 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He studied under Claude Chauvinge, Roger Rudolf (Greensboro), Andy Holt (Durham), and Hank Okamura (Chicago). He was twice North Carolina State Champion in the 172 lb. division. He has studied and taught in Greensboro, Durham, Raleigh, Chicago, and Wissembourg, France. He has been teaching judo in Johnson City since 1982.